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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
Ali Ryder - Chair of GovernorsDawn Ashby - Parent
Re-appointed: 10.09.22Re-appointed: 13.10.22
Appointed by: DioceseAppointed by: Parents
Term of office: 4 yearsTerm of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None Business and Pecuniary interests:  None
Other governor roles: NoneOther governor roles: None
Attendance: Sept. 2022 to present - 8/8Attendance: Sept. 2022 to present - 6/8
I have a background in civil engineering and am now working as a garden designer and in a plant nursery in Cornwall. I've been a Governor at St.Andrew's since 2018 and became Chair in February 2023. I'm hoping that I'll be able to use my skills to help St.Andrew's continue to be the great community that it is, growing and nurturing all children to thrive and flourish. 


I have been a parent Governor at St.Andrew's since 2018. I  have a background in Environmental Science and have worked at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in several roles for over 20 years, including information and project management and latterly in science communication. I am also a keen musician, being one of the leaders of the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and I am involved with several youth ensembles.

Sasha Tamblyn - Staff Andrew Bellamy - Parent 

Re-appointed: 18.02.22

Appointed: 15.12.22
Appointed by: Staff Appointed by: Parents
Term of office: 4 yearsTerm of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: NoneBusiness and Pecuniary interests: None
Other governor roles: NoneOther governor roles: None
Attendance: Sept. 2022 to present - 8/8Attendance:Jan. 2023 to present - 6/6

i have worked at St.Andrew's for 12 years and currently teach in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. I have been a Governor for over 10 yeas and love being part of the team. Outside of school I enjoy reading and going on adventures with my little girl.


I'm Andrew Bellamy, originally from Birmingham, moving to Plymouth in 2010 from London. I am married with 2 boys at St.Andrew's. I work for a fertiliser company, making and distributing bespoke grades of fertiliser to the agriculture industry. In my spare time I enjoy taking our dog for walks and going out making memories with the family.


Miss Carys Lewis - Headteacher 
Appointed: 01.09.2022 
Appointed by: Board of Governors 
Term of office:  
Business and Pecuniary interests: Director of CaterEd 
Other governor roles: None 
Attendance: Sept. 2022 to present - 8/8 


I am lucky to have been part of the St.Andrew's Primary School community for many years, as a class teacher, SENCo, Assistant Head and more recently as Headteacher and Governor. It is a privilege to work with children, supporting them to thrive and celebrating their achievements as they move from Foundation to Year 6. School life is busy, but in my spare time I love spending time with family and freinds, climbing mountains or walking the coast paths.

Rev. Joe Dent - GovernorBeth Williams - Local Authority Governor 
Appointed: 24.05.14Appointed: 23.02.23
Appointed by: DioceseAppointed by: Board of Governors
Term of office: N/ATerm of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests: St. Andrew's PCC

Ladies Aid Society. Sevenoaks Gospel Trust

Business and Pecuniary interests: None 
Other governor roles: NoneOther governor roles: None
Attendance: Sept. 2022 to present - 4/8Attendance: March 2023 to present -3/4
I am a Vicar of St.Andrew's Church and very pleased to have such a close working relationship with the school. I've lived in Plymouth since 2013. I'm married to Catherine and we have 4 school aged children. I have served as a Governor at St.Andrew's since 2014.


I qualified to teach in 1998 and since then have always been involved in Primary education, holding many roles from teaching assistant to Headteacher. I now work for the Local Authority as the Schools' Safeguarding and Inclusion Lead. I have 2 children of Primary age and really enjoy the adventures that we have as a family, particularly when they involve a beach, some sun and an ice cream!


Alison Heath Taylor

Elizabeth Salter

Appointed: 20/06/23Appointed: 01/10/21
Appointed by: DioceseAppointed by: Board of Governors
Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: NoneBusiness and Pecuniary interests: None
Other Governor roles:NoneOther governor roles: None
Attendance: June 2023 to present - 1/2Attendance: Sept 2022 to present - 6/8


I have been in education for all of my career and in school leadership more recently. We retired to Plymouth a few years ago and following my appointment as a Foundation Governor in June 2023, I am really looking forward to being part of this community that is St.Andrew's Primary! I am a member of St.Andrew's Church and enjoy sea swimming, walking, reading and meeting with friends. 

I am a member of St.Andrew's Church. I was a languages teacher for many years, mainly in Secondary schools but also spent time in Primary and Prep school settings. Most recently I have worked in the SEND department at St.Boniface's Catholic College, where I still do admin for the children with EHCPs.







Clerk to Governors



Attendance  2021 - 2022


A. Allchurch                   9/9                    
Rev. Joe Dent


Mandy Dove     9/9      
S. Tamblyn      8/9       
Zoe Masters   6/6    
Holly Page     6/9      
Ali Ryder      9/9      
Dawn Ashby     6/9      
Elizabeth Salter     7/9      
Gary Futcher



Attendance  2020 - 2021


A. Allchurch


Rev. Joe Dent    7/9    
Mandy Dove9/9
Zoe Masters8/9
Ali Ryder 8/9
Dawn Ashby8/9
L King3/5
Holly Page5/7
Gary Futcher 4/9 


Attendance - September 2018 to July 2019


A. Allchurch9/9
Steph Booth6/9
Rev. Joe Dent7/9
Gwen Dent2/9 (resigned 18.10.2018)
Mandy Dove8/9
Zoe Masters8/9
Rob Alcock9/9
Ali Ryder 8/9
Dawn Ashby8/9
Ben Lyon-Ross3/9 (appointed 28.11.2018)
Rob Clark1/9 (appointed 28.01.2019)
Gary Futcher1/9 (appointed 13.05.2019)


Previous Governors


Mrs A. Allchurch01.09.13Board of Governors
Zoe Masters14.10.19Board of Governors
Rob Alcock23.07.18Diocese
Dr. A Chatterjee13.10.14Parents 
Gwen Dent18.04.16Diocese
Pat Williams29.06.15Diocese
Oliver Colvile11.04.16Foundation Governor
Matthew Thompson Diocese
Katherine Kingdom01.10.2012Diocese
Gill Wood08.07.2012Diocese
Debbie Marsh14.01.2012Diocese


A school's Board of Governors is there to provide oversight of the management and operation of the school. The governors help the school take a strategic view of its activities and bring experience and expertise from other walks of life into the school. This section will tell you who the governors are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them or seek to get involved as a governor yourself.

What does the Board of Governors do?

The Board of Governors does not run the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and the leadership team.  Rather, the governors provide independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to the governors on various aspects of management and planning and, by acting as 'critical friends', the governors can give the school an invaluable sounding board.

Some aspects of the governors' role in the school are laid down by law. For example, the governors are required to approve the school budget. Also, if the school decides to exclude a pupil permanently that decision has to be reviewed by an independent panel of governors.

Major strategic decisions of the school also have to be approved by the governors. A recent example at St Andrew’s has been the decision to:

  • investigate multi-academy trust partnerships 


What sort of people are the governors?

The governors are all volunteers and the role is part-time. Most of them have full-time jobs elsewhere. One of the major benefits of the Board of Governors is that the governors are all able to bring experience and expertise from vastly different walks of life to bear on their work with the school. This can help the school take a more creative and strategic approach to management, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning.   

The current board includes governors with experience in education, policy analysis, human resources, diplomacy, health and safety, management, information technology, financial services and business systems.

According to a Government publication, more people in the UK today come forward to be school governors than for any other volunteer activity.


How are the governors elected or appointed?

There are a number of different routes onto the Board of Governors. At St Andrew’s the board is made up of:

  • Eight Foundation governors: appointed by Diocese;
  • One Staff governor: elected by the staff;
  • Two Parent governors: elected by the parents;
  • One Local Authority governor: appointed by the Board of Governors;
  • One co-opted governor: appointed by the Board of Governors;
  • The Headteacher: appointed by the Board of Governors

All governors (except the headteacher, whose position is ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment.  There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.

The chair and vice-chair of Governors are elected by the full Board of Governors at its first meeting of each school year. Governors can be contacted by email or in writing via the school admin office.



How is the work of the governors organised?

The full Board of Governors meets nine times in each academic year. Each meeting covers the content agreed in the Governors Management Plan.

Governors also attend Governor Days at the school three times a year and training provided by the Governor Development Team (PCC) and the Diocese.

Minutes of the Full Board of Governor meetings are made available once they have been approved.